NBPA Top 100: Chris Lewis

When it’s time to transition from high school to Harvard, Chris Lewis will be ready. The 6-8, 240-pound center from Georgia is ready for most things, actually, and ranks among the country’s most impressive student athletes.

And he also ranks among the country’s top-100 basketball prospects. Chris Lewis is a double-digit scorer on the Under Armour circuit for Atlanta Xpress and has been a strong, reliable performer on the travel circuit the past two years.

Lewis is something of an undersized center but has high shoulders and long arms — plus immense power — that enable him to compensate. Still, he aims to bring more dimensions to his game prior to matriculating at the next level.

”I want to make my game a lot more versatile, so I’ve been working a lot on mid-range and getting to the basket,” Lewis said. “I don’t just want to be a one-dimensional post player, so I can work all around the court but always stay true to the post.”

Lewis committed to Tommy Amaker’s blossoming Crimson program earlier this year. Given his academic and basketball prowess, he viewed the decision as a natural fit.

”I thought a lot about all the colleges that offered me and looked real deeply into each one of them,” Lewis said, “but I thought that Harvard would be the best option because it has the best balance of both athletics and academics.”

Historically, people tend to view the stronger Ivy League squads as being perimeter-oriented. Indeed, when the Crimson dropped a heartbreaker to North Carolina in this past season’s NCAA Tournament, they were rebounded 35-26.

That’s where Lewis will step in. League schools don’t frequently sign top-100 big men, in particular, and thus the day he sets foot on campus, he’ll become a unique presence throughout the conference.

”The coaching staff has talked to me about it,” Lewis said. “They’ve been very helpful talking to me about all the things I can work on and all the possibilities I’ll be able to have by going there.

”I feel it’s a great situation for me. I’ll have the chance to go on to the NBA, and if I have other decisions then I can go into the field that I choose.”

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